Sony Announces PlayStation Now

 Photo: CNET

 Photo: CNET

 Today at Sony's keynote, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai and Group CEO Andrew House announced PlayStation Now; Sony's Gaikai service transformed. 

Sony acquired streaming service, Gaikai, last year for $380 million and many were wondering what and when we would see results. On stage, consumers were given a window of Summer 2014 and the promise makes summer seem very far away. 

PlayStation Now aims to deliver backlog games on every type of device you can think of. From home consoles to phones and tablets, Sony's dream is to give consumers access to an entire Sony library of games including PS2 and PS3. Access won't be limited to console owners if House has anything to say about it. The idea behind the service is to get the games in as many hands as possible even if they only own a PC or smart phone.

Although no price has been announced, House has confirmed it will be both by title and subscription based; all depending on the consumer's needs. He also let press know that a closed beta will begin at the end of January.

Here is the official press release from Sony regarding PlayStation Now thanks to Kotaku:

In addition to PlayStation platforms, most 2014 U.S. models of Sony's BRAVIA® TV*2 lineup will support PS Now. Eventually the service will expand beyond PlayStation platforms and Sony devices, allowing users to stream PlayStation games on numerous other Internet-connected devices.

SCE's vision for PS Now is to enable users to instantly enjoy a wide range of full games on the Internet-connected consumer electronics devices they use every day. The accessibility of PS Now means, for example, that PS4 users in the living room can continue playing a game on a PS3 system in their bedroom. Or PS Vita users can enjoy instant access to a game wherever there's Wi-Fi connectivity, such as outdoors, then can switch to a supporting BRAVIA® TV's big screen and play the same game after arriving home.

PS Now will offer choice to gamers with how they want to access content. Gamers can rent by title for specific games they are interested in, or they can choose a subscription that delivers additional value with the ability to explore and play many games available across a wide variety of genres. In addition, the service will support many popular PSNSM features such as online multi-player, Trophies, and messages.

"We are thrilled to deliver entertainment experiences only possible from PlayStation through our new streaming game service," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "PS Now will allow users to engage in the world of PlayStation, whether they're existing fans or have never owned a PlayStation platform."

During the 2014 International CES held in Las Vegas from January 7, attendees can visit the Sony booth to have a hands-on experience with the PS Now service for the first time ever. Attendees can enjoy four blockbuster PS3 titles, BEYOND: Two Souls, God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us and Puppeteer from SCE Worldwide Studios, on PS Vita or BRAVIA® TV.

Prior to the official launch, SCE will begin a beta program on PS3 systems in certain regions of the United States from the end of January. Additional information about PS Now will be available at http://us.playstation.com/playstationnow.

Summer seems so very far away. What are your thoughts on PlayStation Now? Sound off.